Natur am Byth!
Natur am Byth! is Wales’ flagship project, a partnership of nine environmental charities with Natural Resources Wales that will protect endangered species and reconnect the public with their natural heritage. We are currently in our 18-month project development phase, culminating in submission of our funding bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in March 2023. If that bid is successful, our four-year delivery period will commence in September 2023.
Natur am Byth! follows similar lottery-funded work in England (Back from the Brink) but importantly also includes the marine environment. Species on the Edge in Scotland is also currently in its development phase. Natur am Byth! is made up of five integrated projects and six single species projects.
One of these is The Welsh Marine Treasures project led by the Marine Conservation Society. It will focus on preserving important and endangered marine species including Seagrass, the Pink Sea Fan, Crawfish and the Native Oyster. We are also engaged in a national campaign to improve water quality across the Welsh Coast.
Marine work in the two main locations for Welsh Marine Treasures is being aided by:
- Llŷn & Ynys Môn regional coordinator Alison Palmer Hargrave (Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC Officer). Lead for the Seagrass, Crawfish and Water Quality work packages.
- Pembrokeshire regional coordinator Sue Burton (Pembrokeshire Marine SAC Officer). Lead for the Pink Sea Fan and Native Oyster work packages.
Links to reports and information
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